A Family Adventure


Tyson, Emilie & Isaac

New 31″ Bushwheels for the Bearhawk

April 15, 2019
Emilie Phillips
updated April 24, 2019

This summer, we are flying out west for a vacation. We need to sort out lots of details, and tires are one of them. Inspirational backcountry flying videos all show airplanes with giant balloon tires. On the other hand, the guidebooks describe the maintained airstrips as suitable for a standard general aviation plane. Back country […]

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Glade Skiing off the Kancamagus

April 6, 2019
Tyson Sawyer
updated April 23, 2019

Another case of lemonade from lemons. Thor and I had planned an AMC-NH group trip on Saturday to ski Monroe Brook off the west side of Mount Monroe. Unfortunately, the forecast was calling for anywhere between 2 and 12 inches of snow on top of an icy surface with winds in the 50-70 mph range […]

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Isaac’s First Time Skiing the Gulf of Slides, Mount Washington

April 7, 2019
Emilie Phillips
updated April 23, 2019

This story starts long before the three of us stepped into our skis and shouldered our packs Sunday morning at Pinkham Notch. It starts on a brilliant blue Saturday in April, 2017 when Tyson and I skied Hillman’s Highway, a gully just outside Tuckerman’s Ravine. That day, we met a six year old and her […]

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Crescent Ridge

March 30, 2019
Tyson Sawyer
updated April 4, 2019

A wise man once said: On Sat, Feb 16, 2019 at 6:06 PM Nik Fiore wrote: > but you don’t know if you don’t go. The forecast was calling for a 50% +/- chance of mixed precipitation all day. Erik and I and 6 other dedicated souls were planning to ski the Granite Backcountry Alliance […]

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Waiting for Spring

Emilie Phillips
updated March 27, 2019

We are waiting for the avalanche danger on Mount Washington to subside so we can go spring skiing. In the meanwhile, I have posted the last two days of our winter 2018 ski vacation to Big Sky, Montana. Thursday February 22: Midweek Rest Day at Big Sky Friday February 23: Revisiting the Best of Big […]

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Ski-Bushwhacking Cedar Brook

March 9, 2019
Emilie Phillips
updated March 14, 2019

“I can’t see where I’m skiing,” Becca said, “I’m holding my poles in front of my face and closing my eyes. “ “I did say to bring eye protection,” I responded ruefully, “but it wasn’t this bad when I was here four years ago.” Becca shook her head in agreement. This was a disgrace. Taking […]

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Skiing on Cardigan

March 10, 2019
Tyson Sawyer
updated March 12, 2019

Some days it pays to go see what the skiing conditions really are. Saturday’s forecast was for warm and sunny. However, this trip was scheduled for Sunday. Sunday’s forecast had been to start in the low 20’s with some snow, then gradual warming through the day until it transitioned to rain sometime in the afternoon. […]

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PSIA Cross Country class at Trapp, Vermont

March 2, 2019
Emilie Phillips
updated March 6, 2019

Tyson and I attended a two day cross country ski class at Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont. The class, run by PSIA, covered both teaching skills and personal skiing skills. Hal Westwood instructed. There were eight participants total. In addition to the class, we got to watch the NCAA ski racers warming up for their […]

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